In celebration of National Walking Month here are some of the favourite walks from the shift team…
Crich Chase, Derbyshire
My favourite walk is in and around Crich Chase, as it somewhere I can walk to from my front door. The wood is stunning in spring as it is full of native bluebells and wild garlic. It’s a great place to play, build dens and cook out with my family and our friends. The canal runs along the bottom of the woods, and Crich Meadows – which are full of wild flowers and birds – lead into it. There are also caves to explore and streams to paddle in, with the added bonus of some outstanding cafes and pubs to visit en route! The Family Tree and Homesford Cottage in Whatstandwell and The Loaf, The Black Swan and The Cliff Inn in Crich.
Linda Philo, Business Support Officer
Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire
I like Thoresby Park because it has free parking, I love a bargain! It has a real country park feel with bridges and fields of sheep and cows but you can also walk to Perlethorpe which is an untouched village on a country estate. It’s super peaceful with well laid tracks so it’s nice and accessible. Best of all it has a good café with cakes at the end!
Find out more about Thoresby Park here
Laura Thorndyke, Project Manager
Chatsworth is one of my favourite places to walk. I love coming through the park and seeing the view up towards the house. There are lots of different routes you can take – from a leisurely walk along the river to exploring the lakes above the house. The best thing about it is watching the scenery change through the seasons. Spring has gorgeous flowers, Summer is perfect for lazy picnics, Autumn is particularly beautiful when the trees change colour, and a winter sprinkling of snow with the Christmas decorations up is magical.
Find out more about Chatsworth here
Jennie Derbyshire, Marketing and PR Officer
Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire
We’re lucky to have this right outside the shift office door. It’s a perfect little route for a lunchtime walk, taking us past the local shop to pick a spot of lunch up on the way. If you have more time the trail is five and a half miles long and stretches from Grassmoor Country Park in Chesterfield to Tibshelf Ponds. Now summer seems to have arrived we’re all looking forward to making the most of it.
Find out more about the Five Pits Trail here
Whole shift team